Musical Postcards: Saturday, May 15 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

The French cellist Vincent Segal and the Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko are featured in this week’s episode.

The best trips are the ones you just can’t wait to write home about. You send a postcard saying, “You’ll never believe what I saw, did, touched, and tasted while I was exploring this new place…”

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring musical postcards. We’ll hear composers’ impressions of new and familiar places. From the Amazon jungle to the Arctic tundra and the rooftops of Bamako, Mali, we’ll hear musical snapshots from all around the world.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 15 at 9pm PT.

A Little Midnight Music: Saturday, May 8 | 9pm

Music of Meredith Monk, Arnold Schoenberg, and Valgeir Sigurðsson is included in this episode.

by Maggie Molloy

If there’s one thing fairy tales and fantasy novels have taught us, it’s that there is something magical about midnight.

That’s always when the portal to another world closes, when humans turn to monsters, and when monsters wreak havoc. If you have any magical business to take care of, midnight is always the deadline. No matter what, Cinderella’s carriage always turns back into a pumpkin at midnight.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re taking a little moonlit stroll. We’ll hear music inspired by dark skies, starry nights, and the mysterious lure of midnight.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 8 at 9pm PT.

Legend Has It… Saturday, May 1 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Some stories grow bigger and bolder the more times they’re told—until they turn into legends…

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: the stuff of legends! We’ll hear new music inspired by ancient myths, fables, and folklore. Gather ’round the fire and tune in for epic tales from the Silk Road, the Andes Mountains, and the cliffs of Ireland.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, May 1 at 9pm PT.

Music of Mother Nature: Saturday, April 24 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Photo by Erin Anderson.

From ocean to desert, forest to tundra, composers have always found music in nature. The rhythm of waves, the rustling of leaves, the song of the mountain—or the colors of the wind.

In celebration of Earth Day this week, we’re dedicating this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion to the music of Mother Nature. We’ll hear the pulse of the Amazon River, a duet with the Moab Desert, field recordings from the Pacific Crest Trail, and even some music made from living plants.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, April 24 at 9pm PT.

Sonic Hypnosis: Saturday, April 17 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Music from Dawn of Midi’s Dysnomia is included in this week’s episode.

You are getting sleepy—very, very sleepy…

When most of us think about hypnosis, the first image that comes to mind is a doctor swinging a pocket watch back and forth in front of the patient’s face, their eyes fixated on the watch as they slowly fall into a trance. And while that’s certainly an oversimplified image of hypnosis, it does get at some of the major characteristics: repetition, visual fixation, altered consciousness.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring sonic hypnosis. From aural illusions to mesmerizing trances, we’ll hear works that focus the mind and play with our perception of time.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, April 17 at 9pm PT.